The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister's terror; through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; into her ... See full summary »
When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisers know she has to marry. Doesn't she? Thus starts a decades-long political/ matrimonial game, during an age of high passions and high achievement.
King Henry VIII doesn't wear his heart on his sleeve, he carries it with him in the emblem of the Tudor Dynasty a red rose. Love for him is a seasonal cycle. His first wife Katherine of ... See full summary »
Set in Victorian London, Gwendolen Harleth is drawn to Daniel Deronda, a selfless and intelligent gentleman of unknown parentage, but her own desperate need for financial security may destroy her chance at happiness.
A meditation on power and the metaphor of the body of state, based on the real episode of dementia experienced by George III [now suspected a victim of porphyria, a blood disorder]. As he ... See full summary »
appears as a servant offering the Earl of Leicester food while he and the Queen dine in a tent before the battle. See more »
Elizabeth uses a fork when having dinner with Leicester before the battle against Spain but the fork was not introduced to England until the early 17th century when James I was on the throne. See more »
[talking about Sir Francis Bacon]
Queen Elizabeth I:
Bacon, people who compliment me on my breasts, even in Latin, run the risk of being thought impertinent.
Queen Elizabeth I:
We understand he's fond of the company of pretty youths. No wonder he's the Member for *Middlesex*!
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I'm so brainwashed about Elizabeth I, Bette Davis, Judi Dench, Glenda Jackson, Flora Robson that it was startling at first to get to know the woman behind the icon. Helen Mirren is beyond superb, she is a miracle worker. Meryl Streep called her "an acting God" and she wasn't kidding. I'm not going to go into the story, we all know it, more or less, but I can assure you we've never seen it quite like this. Her imposing presence doesn't cancel her humanity, her rages, her pain, her longing her capacity for love and compassion with the fierce awareness that she is the queen and not just any old queen but Elizabeth I Queen of England. A total absorbing delight from beginning to end. Long Live Helen Mirren!
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